Patrick Hynes

Patrick Hynes is the President of Hynes Communications. He is a consultant who lives in New Hampshire.

 

Trump vs. The NFL Is the GOP Primaries All Over Again

 

Roger Goodell is not a man who likes to admit defeat. Just ask Tom Brady. And yet, the intensely stubborn, wildly unpopular commissioner of the NFL might as well have unfurled a giant white flag and personally run it out of the tunnel when he sent a memo to NFL owners on Tuesday. The subject was […]

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Keeping the Faith

 

This article appears in the February 2007 issue of The American Spectator. To subscribe to our monthly print edition, click here. During the closing weeks of the 2006 election, the mainstream media expected Democrats to win a larger share of the evangelical Christian vote than they did in 2004. Pundits credited aggressive Democratic entreaties on […]

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God’s Other Party

 

This article ran in the July/August 2006 issue of The American Spectator. To subscribe, click here. BY THE TIME THE PUNDITS HAD PICKED CLEAN the carcass of the 2004 election, the idea that Christian conservatives played a significant role in the President’s re-election had been declared a myth. Looked at properly, argued Charles Krauthammer, the […]

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Democrats of Little Faith

 

The headlines covering a recent Los Angeles Times/Bloomberg poll, which was conducted in late June, focused largely on the troubling statistic that revealed 35 percent of respondents would not vote for a Mormon for President of the United States. Religious bigotry, while a shadow of its former self, still lurks around electoral corners. But as […]

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Hurting the Ones You (Ought to) Love

 

New York Post columnist Ryan Sager is one of the sharpest young minds (with one of the sharpest pens) in the punditocracy. He is also a genuine libertarian who is suspicious of virtually every action take by the government, federal, state, and local. Sager is also — perhaps especially — distrustful of the Christian Right. […]

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“It’s Just a Movie”

 

If Al Gore paraded around the National Mall wearing a sandwich board and screaming, “We’re all going to die,” the nation’s opinion leaders would roll their eyes and conclude that the former Vice President’s long slide into insanity was finally complete. But because Al chose to express this sentiment using a more technologically modern medium […]

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New Agents of Intolerance

 

Students and faculty attending New York’s New School commencement ceremony stood last weekend with their backs facing Senator John McCain and hissed and booed as the senator from Arizona encouraged a revival of civil discourse in our national affairs. These students and faculty embarrassed the historically liberal school by protesting Sen. McCain’s speech, which encouraged […]

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Burning the Republican Church

 

I went to the bookstore last week with the intention of buying Kevin Phillips’ ostentatious new title American Theocracy. I was disappointed to learn the book is neither principally nor even predominantly about religion in public life. Phillips dedicated one of three sections — a little more than a hundred pages — to conservative Christianity. […]

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The Missing 30 Million

 

As political experts prognosticate about the coming 2006 off-year elections, one issue is missing from the political skyline. Byron York observed recently in the New Republic, “These days GOP lawmakers are polling behind Democrats on issues like health care, education, and the deficit. National security is pretty much their only strength — and now Bush […]

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The Politics of Religious Mockery

 

Recently, upon having the spiritual progenitor of their religion mocked in the public square, thousands of true believers took action. They called out their mockers and brought to heel those who would make light of their religious beliefs and traditions. Actually, this happened twice in the last few weeks; first among Christians and then among […]

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